When we think about 2020, it will be a year that none of us forget. Future generations will talk about the months that we spent alone, working and learning remotely, while everything seemed like it could fall apart at any moment.
The year started with news that a disease was spreading throughout China. It didn’t seem like a problem in January, but it became concerning in February when it began to spread. Italy saw record casualties, followed by the U.S., while the rest of the world tried to maintain its status quo.
China locked down Wuhan first. Italy did the same, followed by the United States and the rest of the world.
We’re still dealing with the coronavirus today. It was once considered a respiratory illness with new mandates requiring people to wear masks, but now scientists see it as a cardiovascular issue. At least every day gets us a little closer to normalcy again.
That’s one issue from 2020. Here is a review of the other notable events, in no particular order.
1. Murder Hornets
These massive hornets are the size of a finger. They feed on bee colonies, disrupting pollination chains wherever they go. For the past few years, some had been spotted in Canada. Now, they’re moving into Washington State.
2. Assassination of Qasem Soleimani
The U.S. authorized the death of an Iranian general in a drone strike. This event led to several days of tension between the two countries, with threats of war traded. Iran would issue a retaliatory attack on Iraqi bases with American troops in response. That happened three days into the year.
3. Trump’s Impeachment
Donald Trump became the first President in his first term to get impeached by the House of Representatives.
4. Death of Kobe Bryant
Basketball star and philanthropist Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash with his teen daughter and seven others while flying to a game. The entire world found itself mourning the loss, with murals appearing from Africa to the Philippines.
5. Beirut Explosion
Over 2,700 pounds of ammonium nitrate exploded in Lebanon, killing over 150 people and injuring about 6,000. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced as entire neighborhoods got leveled.
6. George Floyd
Protests in Portland, OR, over the death of George Floyd have persisted for over 100 days. The Black Lives Matter movement surged again, with mostly peaceful protests happening in dozens of cities.
We’re in the final stretch of 2020. What else do you think this year has in store for us all?